Tyler Pastornicky

Tyler Pastornicky
Free agent
Second Baseman/Shortstop
Born: (1989-12-13) December 13, 1989
Bradenton, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 5, 2012, for the Atlanta Braves
MLB statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .243
Home runs 2
Runs batted in 15
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  United States
Pan American Games
2015 Toronto Team
2015 WBSC Premier12
2015 Tokyo Team

Tyler Brock Pastornicky (born December 13, 1989) is an American professional baseball shortstop who is a free agent. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2008 and made his Major League Baseball debut with the Atlanta Braves in 2012.

Professional career

Toronto Blue Jays

Pastornicky was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the fifth round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft out of The Pendleton School.[1] Pastornicky played 2008 with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays, hitting .263 in 50 games with 27 stolen bases in 32 attempts. He played 2009 mostly with Single-A Lansing, hitting .269 in 109 games with 51 stolen bases in 66 attempts. He played 15 games with High-A Dunedin. Pastornicky started 2010 with Dunedin, hitting .258 with 24 stolen bases in 31 attempts. He was named to the Florida State League All-Star Game.[2]

Atlanta Braves

On July 15, 2010, the Blue Jays traded Pastornicky along with Álex González and Tim Collins to the Atlanta Braves for Yunel Escobar and Jo-Jo Reyes.[3] He finished 2010 with Double-A Mississippi. In total, he hit .257 in 115 games with 35 stolen bases in 44 attempts. Pastornicky played for Phoenix where he went 15-54 in 15 games.[4] Pastornicky played 2011 mostly with Mississippi, but also played 27 games for Triple-A Gwinnett. With Mississippi, he hit .299 in 90 games and stole 20 of 28.[4] He was named to the Southern League All-Star Game.[5][6]

Pastornicky was called up to the majors for the first time on September 28, 2011.[7]

Pastornicky made his major league debut on April 5, 2012, as the Opening Day shortstop for the Braves against the New York Mets in New York City. Pastornicky recorded his first hit that day, a triple off of Ramón Ramírez that went over the head of center fielder Andrés Torres.[8] His first home run came on April 10, 2012 against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. He was sent back down to Triple-A Gwinnett after having the lowest fielding percentage among all major league shortstops. He was replaced by Andrelton Simmons who was called up from Double-A Mississippi on June 2, 2012.[9] Pastornicky was designated for assignment on January 8, 2015,[10] and released on March 19.[11][12]

Texas Rangers / Philadelphia Phillies

On March 22, 2015, Pastornicky signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers. He was assigned to AA Frisco RoughRiders.[13] He was then promoted from AA to AAA Round Rock Express. The Rangers traded Pastornicky to the Philadelphia Phillies for cash considerations on August 10.[14][15] He elected free agency in November 2015.[16]

Personal life

He is the son of former Kansas City Royals third baseman Cliff Pastornicky and the grandson of Ernest Pastornicky,[17] who played in the Chicago Cubs minor league system.[18]

See also


  1. Bastian, Jordan (June 5, 2008). "Jays nab college bat in first round". MLB.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  2. Vivlamore, Chris (July 14, 2010). "Braves swap shortstops; Obtain Gonzalez, trade Escobar". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  3. Associated Press (July 15, 2010). "Braves get Gonzalez; Escobar to Jays". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  4. 1 2 "Tyler Pastornicky Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  5. Dill, Jason (October 11, 2011). "IMG alum gets short introduction to big leagues". Bradenton Herald. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  6. Wild, Danny (June 8, 2011). "Goldschmidt, Flaherty named All-Stars". MILB.com. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  7. Rogers, Carroll (September 27, 2011). "Gonzalez doubtful for Wednesday; Braves call up Pastornicky". ajc.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  8. Bowman, Mark (April 5, 2012). "Hanson strong, but Braves come up empty". MLB.com.
  9. O'Brien, David (May 30, 2012). "Atlanta Braves Pastornicky sent to Triple-A; Simmons coming to majors". ajc.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  10. Bowman, Mark (January 7, 2015). "Braves bring in Outman as lefty specialist". MLB.com. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  11. O'Brien, David (March 19, 2015). "Braves release Pastornicky, their 2012 opening-day shortstop". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  12. Bowman, Mark (March 19, 2015). "Braves release former starting shortstop Pastornicky". MLB.com. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  13. Grant, Evan (March 22, 2015). "Texas Rangers sign infielder Tyler Pastornicky". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  14. "Rangers send INF Pastornicky to Phillies for cash". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 10, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  15. "Rangers trade infield prospect Tyler Pastornicky to Phillies for cash". Dallas Morning News. August 10, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  16. Eddy, Matt (November 10, 2015). "Minor League Free Agents 2015". Baseball America. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  17. Perez, Missy (December 11, 2013). "From Bradenton to the Braves: Tyler Pastornicky's journey to the Major Leagues". WRUF.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  18. "Ernest Pastornicky Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
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